Development Associate

Posted By: Room to Read


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Program Development & Management


Job Description

Position Overview:

The Fundraising Associate, Mumbai or Delhi, will play an integral role in helping Room to Read meet its annual goal of raising US$ 60MM globally by managing a portfolio of   individuals, corporations and foundations through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of relationships. Additionally, this position will lead India Fundraising events and support administrative tasks as needed. This position is based in Mumbai or Delhi and will report to the Fundraising Manager, India, and is part of the global Development and Communications (DevCom) team. The work will include partnering with team members across Room to Read’s global offices. We are looking for a dynamic, motivated team player who is committed to our cause and has a track record of delivering results. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Raise and manage a portfolio of US$500K revenue with a stretch of goal of USD 750K per year from corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
  • Build long-term relationships with corporation and foundation donors and prospects, identifying, cultivating, and stewarding their interests.
  • Collaborate with India Fundraising Manager and Development Director, South Asia on corporation, foundation and individual fundraising strategies in India.
  • Lead India Fundraising Events, which may include supporting team managing the guest list, event communication, and co-manage relationships after the events. 
  • Lead marketing partnership accounts for India and manages key donor accounts where high levels of employee engagement or cross-market collaboration are required.
  • Proactively build pipeline for grants, awards, and prizes from corporate and foundation donors in India, and collaborate across teams to pursue new investment opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with donor engagement team on India donor engagement activities.
  • Support Development Director, South Asia and India Fundraising Manager on donor stewardship meetings pitches, concept notes, proposals wherever needed.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Represent Room to Read at CSR conferences, fundraising events, and donor cultivation meetings.
  •  Collaborate with other relationship managers globally on key accounts to ensure global coordination.
  • Contribute to India fundraising strategy and growth plan.
  • Independently, or in collaboration with the Grants and Publications team, write, edit and/or coordinate clear, compelling written materials, including concept notes, letters of inquiry, proposals, presentations, reports, and additional materials as needed. 
  • Stay current with organizational strategies and operational plans to present accurate funding opportunities to donors. 
  • Maintain current donor records in Salesforce.
  • Other duties as necessary.




  • Proven track record of obtaining corporation, foundation or individual funding in the $10,000 to $100,000 gift range 
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated understanding on India CSR grant provisions.
  • Strong cross-cultural communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience from nonprofit.


Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.  

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:  

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization 
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so 
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness 
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction  
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team 
  • Thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and fun environment 

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing  the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. 


Global Office - MumbaiIndia - Delhi, India - KarnatakaTo be successful at Room to Read, you will also: 

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization 
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness  
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment 

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

Desired Candidate Profile


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Organization Details

  • Organization Name:Room to Read
  • About Organization:Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently have programs in 9 states- Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Our Literacy Program has been implemented in 15642 government schools, training 25,741 teachers trained in library management and reading activities. Over the same period our Girls’ Education & Gender Equality Program has benefitted over 62,457 girls. Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner o